Type of Document Treatise Author Hamm, Deanna M. URN etd-04132009-191658 Title Ulrich Gasser: His Life, His Compositions for Solo Flute, and His Impact on the Flute Community Degree Doctor of Musical Arts Department Music, College of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Patrick Meighan Committee Chair Eva Amsler Committee Co-Chair Deborah Bish Committee Member Michael Buchler Outside Committee Member Keywords
- Ulrich Gasser
- Paper Blossoms
- Extended Technique
Date of Defense 2008-10-29 Availability unrestricted AbstractUlrich Gasser is a contemporary Swiss composer who has written music for nearly every instrument. His compositions for orchestra, chamber winds, choral groups, piano, and organ have been performed throughout Europe. His extensive background in flute pedagogy and performance has heightened his awareness of the instrumentís capabilities and limitations, enabling him to create appropriate repertoire for flutists of all ability levels.
Gasserís compositional style is inspired by landscape, literature, and the visual arts. He has created works such as: Weites Land (1982) for alto flute, Little Storyboard (1993) for flute, and Le Chevalier de Brancion en regardant ses Terres (2004) for flute. Each solo flute composition will be examined in order to showcase Gasserís craftsmanship.
His most noteworthy work for solo flute is entitled PapierblŁten (Paper Blossoms), a compilation of twenty-four short pieces that provides an introduction to contemporary music and extended techniques. Composed in 1982, this collection affords young flutists accessibility to new music, presenting it in a methodical sequence, as well as equipping teachers with a concise lesson manual. The exercises are formatted as etudes, though they can also be utilized as miniature performance pieces.
This treatise will provide an in-depth view of Swiss culture and the life of Ulrich Gasser. It will also examine how his compositions have impacted both contemporary flute music and the flute community. Additionally, I will profile the performance practice demands characteristic of his works for solo flute. My goal is to document Gasserís contributions to flute literature and pedagogy in order to make them better-known to American musicians.
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